What it's like to be restless

It is always incredible to be a part of something, even more so when that something shares your purpose and values. Ive joined a group of girls working on a newspaper that seeks to bring positivity and light in the midst of everything detrimental in the media and in the world in general. Working with likeminded people who have the same burning passion as you is so empowering. The newspaper has connected people from different parts of the world to work on something that serves other young people by giving hope.

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The Restless Times is a product of a sleepless night of a sixteen year old girl that believes in the power of every individual to change the current situation in which the creativity is suppressed and the stream of negativity is endless. Darcy Campbell founded the newspaper to inspire and educate the youth. She's doing radical things at her young age. I interviewed her for the second installment of The Unruly Gang and I believe you'd really get inspired knowing her.

  1. Introduce yourself!

.My name is Darcy Campbell. I am a major fan of sunflowers and sparkles and laughter. I am 16 going on 17 (cue the Sound of Music) and I am currently in the time of my life where it feels as if I am being pulled between childhood and adulthood, wonder and future. My hometown is small and in a rural part of Australia; full of vibrancy and funky people and the classic Australian landscape. I grew up on a farm, surrounded by animals and adventure, and now I attend boarding school.

  1. How did you come up with the name "The Restless Times?"

I think I have always had a certain attraction to journalism and newspapers. I remember when I was much younger I would scour the jobs section in the newspaper and fawn over the advertisement for a junior journalist. I once even wrote up a resume at age 8 to hand into the local newspaper (but I never did.) I even wrote several articles for newspapers that were actually published, so when it came to wanting to start a project that could help people I was instantly drawn to the idea of publication and journalism. The word ‘Times’ certainly has a connection and meaningful link to the idea of the newspaper and I wanted to create a platform that had a sophistication similar to that of The New York Times while dealing with topics that newspapers would never touch. So the use of ‘Times’ was certainly a conscious choice to associate my publication with a newspaper.

As for the ‘Restless,’ that certainly came from how I was feeling at the time of the newspaper’s creation. I believe that restlessness is a type of energy that builds up (for multiple reasons) within an individual until eventually it reaches its peak and an explosion of brilliance unfolds and a project is created. For this reason, the word restless always signifies change and possibility, which is exactly what a newspaper should strive for. So the name The Restless Times was born.

  1. What is the mission statement/message of the newspaper?

This is a really hard question to get a solid answer for as I feel as if this newspaper has so many important ideas. The newspaper was born to make people feel so restless that they are inspired into action. So I guess our mission statement is to just infect people with this bursting energy so that the world can slowly change through our hope and vibrancy. I can, however, tell you the one thing that I want this newspaper to never be. I never want The Restless Times to sadden our readers. I believe that other news platforms do this well enough. I don’t want to see our readers lose hope because of an article. Because that isn’t what being restless is about. Being restless is about the feeling that builds inside of you, leading your heart to change. It is not depressing.

  1. Tell us about how you got the idea of the newspaper and how it started.

The newspaper certainly emerged from a feeling of restlessness. I remember that the idea for it first struck after a long period of intense restlessness. I had so many ideas but I didn’t know how to execute any of them and it was making me twitch with a building energy. But then one night I read a news article that made me feel so despondent that the idea for a newspaper with good news hit me. The feeling of restlessness that had been building finally had a release and I started to thus change the world, little by little.

  1. What was your childhood dream?

My childhood dream was to actually start a company called Life Lemonade (because when life gives you lemon, you make lemonade.) I dreamed of studying psychology, creating a program for enthusiastic and creative children, buying a little yellow van, painting lemons on it, and driving around Australia teaching teenagers how to be who they are and follow their dreams. I also dreamed of being a poetess and author. I used to run an on-demand poetry stall at out local farmer’s market and would write poetry for $2. These dreams were present from the ages 7-12. Then my dream switched to performance and writing and it has been the same ever since.

  1. What/who inspires you?

I have said before that everything inspires me because of the science behind the fact that humans are influenced by everything around us. But this often evokes an angry reaction, so if I must give you a list of things that inspire me, all things yellow would top it. I think the colour yellow has had so much meaning placed on it over the course of human life and thus I really treasure it. It has so many connotations and such a beautiful radiance, that I tend to think in the colour yellow a lot. Or at least associate things with it. As for people that inspire me, it all comes down to love. I think love is one of the most influential things in the world, so the people whom I love tend to serve as idea-generators. The person I love most in the world influences every step, every thought, and every word. His presence is so calming and natural, that everything becomes simplified and the world’s beauty intensifies. He thus enlightens my creative process and encourages multitudes of inspiration. He is also associated with the colour yellow.

  1. Do you have any other hobbies?

Other than writing? Absolutely. But sadly, I am starting to struggle to find time to fit them all in. I know its cliché, but I adore reading (and who even cares that its cliché, this world has become so filled with people that everything is going to become a cliché at one point.) I also love exploring the world of theatre. I am currently in a play, Twelfth Night, and it brings me so much joy. One of my other interests is education. I love teaching myself about the world (modern history is one of my favourite subjects) and want to learn as many languages as I can. I am currently studying German.

  1. What would you like to say to your readers?

I tend to say what I want to my readers in every issue, through my words and the curating of others. But my personal message that I try to radiate to everyone is that they are loved for being who they are. I have always really struggled with this concept and finally I think I am coming to terms with it. So I guess that that is what I want to tell my readers, as that is my personal message and not as attached to the newspaper as my other beliefs.